Fiber-optic network developer SiFi Networks says it plans to build the first of its privately funded FiberCity open access broadband networks in Fullerton, CA. The Smart City Infrastructure Fund, a global investment fund managed by Whitehelm Capital and backed by APG, the largest pension delivery organization in the Netherlands, will fund network construction. SiFi will build and operate the fiber to the home (FTTH) network.
Ting and GigabitNow have signed up to offer broadband services to residents and businesses over the upcoming fiber network. SiFi says the network also will support “smart city” functions such as traffic control, street lighting, and emergency services. The network operator also foresees the fiber infrastructure serving as a foundation for expansion of 4G and 5G cellular networks. Network construction should begin next month, with first service availability by the end of the year, according to GigabitNow.